The Best Comedy Clubs in Berlin
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Germans are actually really, really funny. When the words “German” and “humor” come up, the image that comes to mind for most people are comedy sketches featuring stiff, uptight Germans. Thus, when it comes to comedy, Germany is often perceived as the butt of the joke rather than as a key player. However, let me tell you: Forget what you’ve seen from National Lampoon’s Euro Trip or that Fawlty Towers sketch—Germany, especially Berlin, is the capital of comedy. In fact, the country has been pioneered and shaped the type of comedy and entertainment that we love today.
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From the translation of Roman comedies by a German nun in the 10th century to the gags on YouTube, Germany’s history of laughing it up—and getting others to laugh, too—has been around for centuries. However, when it comes to leaving a comedic legacy, it’s been the Kabarett, a style of comedy-music show characterized by political satire and gallows humor that began in 1901 and was at it’s height during the 1920s Weimar Era.
So, if you’re eager to get your laugh on, then these Berlin spots are sure to entertain:
Quatsch Comedy Club
Located in the Mitte district, this comedy club AND live TV show is just a short distance from the Citystay hostel. Here, travelers will experience one of Germany’s most famous and longest-running comedy shows. The show has also won numerous awards, including the German Comedy Award Grand Prize.
Comedy Club Kookaburra
Schönhauser Allee 184
Housed in the basement of a former bank—where you’ll also find Berlin’s oldest working bank vaults—the club’s dark, eerie charm is a great place to break the ice with some new travel buds. Club Koobaburra has also featured some of the most famous German comedians like Kurt Krömer, Mirja Boes, and Hennes Bender. Plus, the club also has international comedy events such as the Laugh Olympics and English Comedy Night for travelers or expats.
Schönleinstr. 6 (U-bahn stop: U8 Schönleinstr.)
This bar, which has shows in English on the first Thursday of every month, features a roster of top-notch comedians. It’s a great place to hang out with fellow travelers or meet locals.
Potsdamer Straße 84
This comedy club, also located in the Mitte district, is just a hop, skip, and jump away from the Citystay hostel. What makes this place so unique is its mult-linqual humor—making it a favorite spot for locals, travelers, students, and expats. Shows are held every Saturday night and are led by Didier Chabit, one of Berlin’s premiere performers.
Schoenhauser Allee 157.
Located in Prenzlauer Berg and just a short S / U-bahn ride from the Citystay hostel, you’ll find one of the rowdiest yet laugh-out-loud spots in Berlin. The comedians take no prisoners when it comes to delivering their wild, wacky, off-color punchlines. Needless to say, the bar attracts an open-minded crow. But what really draws people here is the Tuesday Open Mic Night. Who knows? You might just be the next Dave Chappelle .